Artistic Decadence in Meiji Japan: Lessons for the Modern West

By |2013-12-16T23:15:42-06:00March 10th, 2013|Categories: Art, Culture, Stephen Masty|Tags: |

Kunichika, late 19th Century Students of Western cultural decline may find parallels in the aesthetic decay of Japan starting in the mid-nineteenth century. These four elements seem to have debased the graphic arts especially: technology, political reform and equality, industrialisation and wealth, and reduced popular support for traditional culture among new elites. In [...]

Decadence and Its Critics

By |2018-05-29T12:16:59-05:00November 14th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Featured, Gleaves Whitney, Modernity, Western Civilization|Tags: , |

Through the ages the death of civilizations, no less than the death of human beings, has fascinated unnumbered observers of the human condition. For those who seek examples of civilization’s perdurability, the historical record is not reassuring. After all, what is Sumeria today but eroding ziggurats on the plain of Shinar? What remains of the [...]

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